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article imageDrive-in sex site opens for business outside Zurich

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 25, 2013 in Odd News
A series of nine carport-like stalls where cars can pull in and drivers pay for sex (aka a sex drive-in) opens Monday outside the city of Zurich in Switzerland. The operation has been opened to move prostitutes and clients to the outskirts of town.
“Prostitution is a business basically," Michael Herzig, the director of social services for sex workers in Zurich, told media. "We cannot prohibit it, so we want to control it in favor of sex workers and the population. Because if we do not control it, organized crime is taking over, and the pimps are taking over."
Sex Drive-in aims to ensure safety
Those seeking to pay for sex get an opportunity to view a line-up of sex-trade workers and make their choice and negotiate for price. The sex drive-in has rules: only a driver may be in the vehicle when it goes into the stall and that person must be at least 18 years of age. Condoms must be used and later disposed of in a bin provided.
Ursula Kocher is the director of a support network for sex workers called 'Flora Dora' and she says one of the issues is safety of the prostitutes. The selection, the negotiating of price and the sex in the cars in the stalls all take place at one location behind a fenced-in area; there is security on site.
Other issues include Zurich wanting to get the prostitution business out of the city, where residents are unhappy having sex trade workers, and their clients, on the streets nightly. Some of the conduct is lewd, they create garbage and there are incidents of violence.
Modeled on a program in Cologne, Germany, it cost $2.3 million (1.6 million euros) for the land and to build the 'drive-in.' With security and maintenance the price tag annually will be almost $700,000. The initiative to adopt the plan passed in a March 2012 referendum with 52.6 percent of voting citizens in favor.
Of those who voted against the initiative, many object to taxpayers funding a site devoted to sex-for-hire and some believe neither customers nor prostitutes will use it, thus wasting taxpayer money. Others say sex trade workers are in the business out of desperation and are not participating of their own free will and that prostitution should be stopped.
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